Charging a hose line with nozzle unattended
We respond with a two person engine in a small fire district. Driver is engineer passenger on hose.
Our SOP calls for the hose person to lay the 1.5" from a 2.5" y and close the nozzle. The hose person is then to put down the nozzle and go to the 2.5" y and charge the 1.5" line. The engineer would have charged the 2.5" line by this time. This means that the nozzle is unattended when being charged.
I have seen hoses extend in length and twist on charging. If the bail of the nozzle should turn down into a rocky area, of which we have plenty, then the nozzle could open from the movement of the charging line. This would result in a wild hose situation.
I am trying to change our SOP to have the engineer open the 2.5" y and charge the 1.5 line while the hose person is in control of the nozzle. I could use my fellow firefighters input to aid in this change if the majority of your input is in favor.
If I am all wet on this subject, your input will still be appreciated.:)